For many years, people stated that Colin Kapernick was not in the league because he was not a good quarterback. Everyone knew that was not true, but it was made them sleep at night.
Then you had Tim Tebow, some still to this day feel he is not in the league because of his faith. I mean, others say he is not a good player, but he was good enough to play professional baseball.
Then you have players like Michael Sam. Sam came out as the first openly gay player. Many believe he had the talent to play at the next level, but he was not really given a true opportunity. I mean he was a beast in college but because he came out as an openly gay player he is not in the league.
You have Marquette King who cannot get a shot in the NFL, many say it is because he is a punter and he has 3 penalties, they say his personality is too big. That is why he is not in the league. But he is still considered a top 5 punter All-Time when it comes to yards per punt.
Then you have Eric Reid, a player who was in the NFL and took a stance with Colin Kaepernick. Well, the reason we bring up this topic is because several of these players were named in a recent released email sequence from recently resigned head coach Jon Gruden.
In the emails, Gruden called the league’s commissioner, Roger Goodell, a “faggot” and a “clueless anti football pussy” and said that Goodell should not have pressured Jeff Fisher, then the coach of the Rams, to draft “queers,” a reference to Michael Sam, a gay player chosen by the team in 2014.
In numerous emails during a seven-year period ending in early 2018, Gruden criticized Goodell and the league for trying to reduce concussions and said that Eric Reid, a player who had demonstrated during the playing of the national anthem, should be fired. In several instances, Gruden used a homophobic slur to refer to Goodell and offensive language to describe some N.F.L. owners, coaches and journalists who cover the league.
I bring this up because it shows something the NFL really did not want to talk about. They settled a lawsuit with Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid. The amount was never disclosed and none of the details were released either. But it shows something pretty crazy.
It shows that you absolutely be blackballed by the NFL. It shows that the NFL and their leadership would absolutely listen to this type of foolishness. You can say the players above are not good, you can paint that picture all you want, but all of them made it to the NFL, it is super hard to achieve. The NFL certainly can blackball a player. One player who could be falling into that trap right now could be Deshaun Watson. He is not charged criminally right now for his crimes, but he is not playing. Does the NFL do this type of stuff all the time?
With more and more coming out it makes you wonder…..